MOUTHWASH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Just like toothpaste, there are many types of mouthwash available.
Not all mouthwashes are alike. Cosmetic mouthwashes help to temporarily reduce bad breath by lessening the bacteria in your mouth and loosen bits of food from between your teeth Therapeutic mouthwashes while doing the same also fight against cavities and can reduce plaque.
It is important to check the ingredients in mouthwash.
Some mouthwashes contain alcohol. Alcohol kills the good microorganisms in your mouth.
Alcohol also has a drying effect that can hinder saliva production resulting in a dry mouth. Ironically, dry mouth causes bad breath!
Some natural alcohol-free products contain essential oils that can cause side effects such as staining your teeth, altering taste or even causing a burning sensation in your mouth.
It's best to choose an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains fluoride After brushing and flossing, rinse for approximately 30 seconds to get the full benefit of mouthwash.
It's important to note that mouthwashes are a temporary fix to bad breath. If you have persistent bad breath despite brushing and flossing. There may be a more serious issue. Visit your dentist to discover the root cause of your bad breath. Your dentist can advise you as to which mouthwash is best for you and may even prescribe a mouthwash. Your dentist may also refer you to your family doctor for further diagnosis.